The AGRI Urban Agriculture Grant Program was developed to encourage urban youth agricultural education and urban agriculture community development within city limits or peri-urban areas.
Grants are intended to encourage urban youth agricultural education and urban agriculture community development by assisting organizations and communities in obtaining the materials and services necessary for the successful promotion of urban agriculture.
For profit businesses, non-profit organizations, schools, local government entities, and Native American tribal communities interested in stimulating urban youth agricultural education and/or urban agriculture community development, located in or serving eligible areas. See the Request for Proposal (RFP) below for more detail.
Projects must be located in or serve communities located in a city with a population over 10,000 or located in a city with a population between 5,000 and 10,000 where at least ten percent of the population is living at or below 200% of the poverty line and/or where at least ten percent of the population is comprised of people of color and/or Native American tribal community members as determined by the United States Census Bureau. In addition, projects serving tribal communities are eligible regardless of population size, if located within the boundaries of federally recognized tribal land.
A list of eligible cities is available in Appendix A (pages 18-20) and a list of eligible tribal areas is available in Appendix B (page 21) of the RFP.
The MDA anticipates awarding approximately $250,000 through the AGRI Urban Agriculture Grant. The maximum grant award is $50,000; minimum grant award is $2,500.
All project expenses must directly support the goals of promoting urban youth agricultural education and/or urban agriculture community development within eligible cities. Eligible grant projects are the purchase and installation of equipment and the costs incurred to make physical improvements to or construction of facility (capital expenditures) and/or dedicated staff contractor time.
Proposals must be received by 4:00 PM CDT on Thursday, April 19, 2018.
Apply online. For instructions on how to register to apply, review this tutorial (PDF: 867 KB / 8 pages).
AGRI Urban Agriculture Grant 2018 Request for Proposals (PDF: 304 KB / 21 pages)
Subvención Agrícola Urbana AGRI Invitación a presentar propuestas en 2018 (PDF: 302 KB / 21 páginas)
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All questions regarding the RFP should be submitted in writing to Erin Connell at email@example.com. All questions received, along with the answers to those questions, will be posted on the Questions and Answers (Q&A) page.
Erin Connell, State Program Administrator